In this video I'm working with Sully - a 9 month old Golden Retriever puppy. He's always happy and full of life! He went through a pretty intense fear period when he was younger, but fortunately has overcome most of that. Here, you see him demonstrating some basic obedience exercises, plus ignoring a cyclist riding by. Normally, joggers or cyclist would make him nervous, but you can see how comfortable he feels now. Good job Sully!
Another important point is my use of repetition. He didn't sit when I stopped moving, but that's alright. There is no need to punish or reprimand, just try again!
Rafy is a 7 month old mix-breed puppy. He's super playful and easily distracted. As you can see, play time is also a time to train! I practice sit, down and recall randomly during the play session. I also play tug and incorporate a release command- this helps immensely with impulse control.
I'm able to keep Rafy engaged with me even while another dog walks by! Way to go, Rafy!
Make time everyday to have some fun with your dog!
A snuffle mat is a very useful and fun food-dispensing toy for your dog. It is designed so that you can hide small pieces of dry or freeze dried food or treats among the felt pieces. Your dog will have a fun time sniffing around to find every last bit!
Using an item such as this one will help to engage your dog’s sense of smell. This is usually a very rewarding and calming activity. Try offering just a few pieces at a time or even your dog’s entire meal. In the video, you can see my dog when he was 8 weeks old trying out the snuffle mat for the first time!
Ruby is demonstrating an excellent loose leash walk. She is displaying a great deal of engagement and this is something that she chose to do on her own during this particular walk. Every walk is different, depending on the level of distractions, but always be ready to reinforce when your dog goes above and beyond. She certainly received lots of praise for doing such a great job!
Here we have Kona happily returning when I call her name. She has had a lot of practice with this exercise and you can see her demonstrating a more advanced version of the recall that includes a down or drop in motion. Good girl, Kona!
Remember, safety first! Use a long leash or have your dog drag a long line to keep them from running off. Start indoors or in a fenced in area before practicing around more challenging distractions. Use plenty of rewards so that your dog always has an incentive to return when you call. Good luck and have fun!